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Do you want to internationalize your business? Discover programs

19 Jul 2023. 14:03
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Do you have a startup and would like to expand internationally? If so, don't miss the programs. We tell you all about them in this post!

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Descripción has specific programs aimed at promoting the internationalization of Spanish companies. These programs provide advice so that startups can access new international markets, establish business alliances and participate in international events relevant to their industry. Read on to learn about the different programs!



Desafía is an initiative created by and ICEX Spain Export and Investment (ICEX) that facilitates the entry of small Spanish companies into the most innovative technology ecosystems in the world.

Desafía advises, accompanies and connects with key agents through experts within each ecosystem. In addition, it constitutes a community of entrepreneurs, mentors and consolidated companies. Here we tell you about the different calls for this program!


 Learn more about the Desafía program:

  • Desafía Tel Aviv: in collaboration with ICEX is launching a new edition of the immersion program in emerging ecosystems Desafía Tel Aviv with the aim of facilitating the landing of Spanish startups in the disruptive Israeli ecosystem. The program, whose call remains open, will take place in Tel Aviv and will start on October 15.
    • Requirements for participation: startups must offer a product or service of their own creation related to technologies involved in digital transformation processes, such as artificial intelligence, massive data (Big Data), internet of things (IoT), virtual/augmented reality (VR and AR), blockchain, cybersecurity, etc., and with applications in one of these sectors: mobility, energy, logistics, agri-food, finance, health, video games or sports.
    • Interested companies must register on this form by July 25. 


  • Desafía Berlin 2023: in collaboration with ICEX and the Economic and Commercial Office of Spain in Berlin has launched the program Desafía Berlin. In its first edition, this program aims to accompany Spanish startups that belong to the automotive and mobility sectors.
    • Requirements for participation: startups must offer a service and/or product related to Deep Tech technologies in the mobility sector, such as electric mobility technologies and clean and sustainable transportation, among others. The internalization of SMEs implies their growth beyond national borders, which means greater visibility and relevance. Therefore, it exponentially increases their capacity for growth and positive impact.
    • The call for applications will remain open until August 24. Individual interviews will take place between September 4 and 12 and the communication of the selected companies will be published around September 15. A preparatory session will be held in Madrid on September 28 and 29, and the program will be completed during two weeks in Berlin from October 23 to November 3.


  • Desafía Londres 2023: in collaboration with ICEX and the Spanish Economic and Commercial Office in London has launched the program Desafía Londres. In its first edition, this program aims to support Spanish cleantech startups that wish to scale their business model internationally.
    • Requirements for participation: startups must offer a service and/or product related to cleantech technologies such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, clean and sustainable transportation technologies, carbon capture, circular economy, water management and sustainable construction. 
    • The new call for applications will be opened soon.


  • Desafía San Francisco 2023: in collaboration with ICEX, has launched the call for the sixteenth edition of Desafía San Francisco, an immersion program that represents an opportunity for SMEs to explore Silicon Valley.
    • Requirements for participation: startups must be in the technology sector and offer the possibility of scaling their business model to a global ecosystem.


Web Summit 2023, together with ICEX España Exportación e Inversiones, is once again launching the Spanish Pavilion at the Web Summit 2023, held in Lisbon, which will be open to all companies with technological and innovative projects. The event, a benchmark in the technological and entrepreneurial world, will take place in the Portuguese capital from November 13 to 16 at the Lisbon International Fair (FIL).

  • The registration period will be open until November 8.
  • Companies interested in participating in the 2023 edition of Web Summit can find more information and register here.


Mobile World Congress (MWC)

MWC Barcelona is an annual event dedicated to the digital sector and connectivity. As in previous years, returns to MWC with the Spain Pavilion. The Spanish Pavilion becomes, once again, the epicenter of the debate on the present and future of the technology sector.

The selected companies will have their own stand where they will be able to attend to those interested in their business. They will also benefit from a series of services, such as participation in the panel of presentations or networking activities.

In addition, visitors will be able to discover all the latest news on topics such as geolocation tools, cybersecurity, Smart Cities, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud 3D, 5G, Blockchain and Metaverse.

  • The deadline for companies to participate in the Spain Pavilion at the next MWC Barcelona 2024 is September 20, 2023.
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